Engagement and Enterprise Award received by researchers in the Computer Science department
The Search and Rescue Observatory in the Mediterannean Project, in which Brunel Computer Science participates as a founding partner (Dr. Derek Groen, Diana Suleimenova and student Qusai Zakir) has won the Queen Mary 2019 Engagement and Enterprise Award in the Interact Category. The project, which is led by Dr. Violeta Moreno-Lax from QMUL and involves 8 other universities as well as 15 NGO partners, has established an independent, research-led observatory of search and rescue (SAR) and interdiction incidents, through a secured digital environment for data curation regarding human rights violations in the Mediterranean. The role of Brunel is currently to provide advice and support on the development of the digital platform, and to enable systematic data collection at sea using a specialized mobile app. More information about the project and, more importantly, about the Search and Rescue activities of these NGOs at sea, can be found at http://www.sarobmed.org.